Tampa is a Staycation Destination


Tampa’s gorgeous Bayshore Boulevard, new Riverwalk, revamped Curtis Hixon Park and emerging foodie scene have made it a must visit destination for Florida residents and out of state visitors. Free shuttle service downtown, the addition of UberEATS, an always entertaining and inspired Tampa Bay Lightning team and a plethora of local farmers markets/community events have added an entirely new energy to our city.

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*Photo via Epicurean

When you live where the world vacations, it can be difficult to enjoy all that your home has to offer. This is why we encourage everyone to try and take a mini staycation in our city. The luxurious experience is made better by two local establishments that topped Condé Nast’s list of the top hotels in the entire state of Florida: Epicurean Hotel and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel.

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*Photo via Epicurean

The Epicurean Hotel offers true foodie a one of a kind experience through their partners at the renowned James Beard Award-winning restaurant Bern’s Steakhouse, and classes at their theatre with some of the best chefs in Tampa Bay. It’s located at 1207 South Howard Avenue, which puts you just a short distance from the scenic stretch of Bayshore Boulevard, and puts you just a short drive from Hyde Park, home to some of the best food and shops in the city.

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*Photo: Courtesy Hard Rock Hotels/©Costea Photography

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel seems to fit an entire city of entertainment inside its building. Their new restaurant Grey Salt opened to wild acclaimed this year. The hotel features lounges to enjoy live music and exquisite cocktails, a large pool, plenty of stores to shop in, their buzzed about casino and the rock spa. If you want to unwind, this is the place to visit.

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If you want to get a little further from home without a far commute, St. Pete Beach’s historic Loews Don CeSar Hotel and The Hotel Zamora also rounded out the top 15 hotels in the state.

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. He is also a Realtor® at Smith and Associates Real Estate. A marketing expert by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation.